Prayer and Reflection
I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your ordinances before me.
I cling to your decrees,
O Lord; let me not be put to shame.
I run the way of your commandments, for you enlarge my understanding.
Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes, and I will observe it to the end.
Give me understanding that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.
(Psalm 119: 30-34)
Networks of friendships and relationships enable human beings to live together. When a child’s power to reach out, trust and make friends is diminished, they may suffer the effects for a lifetime. Both children and adults have to discover their ability to reach out and repair what has been damaged.
If human beings are to live together in relationships, there is always need for reconciliation.
Recall a time when you were reconciled to someone else.
What or who made the reconciliation possible?
How might that person have felt?
How did you feel?
Word of God - Scripture
St Paul in his letter to the Ephesians, wrote:
“But now in Christ Jesus, you that used to be so far apart from
us have been brought very close, by the blood of Christ. For he is the peace between us, and has made the two into one and broken down the barrier which used to keep them apart, actually destroying in his own person the hostility caused by the rules and decrees of the Law.” (Ephesians 2:14-15)
Building bridges of friendship
Everyone is loved by Jesus
Sin and examination of conscience
The Sacrament of Reconciliation: contrition
Penitential rite 1 and 2
Bridge building in the Christian community
Remembering, celebrating and responding to building bridges of friendship and the importance of admitting wrong and being reconciled with one another and God